Good idea to keep job in hospital while in RN school?

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    Hi
    just wondering your thoughts re school and hospital job? I understand that New RNs are having a hard time getting jobs. Do you think its easier to get a job if you already work in the hospital(as a technician) ?

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    YES!!!
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    I second that!! YES! The only people in my nursing class who had nursing jobs after graduation were those who already worked in hospital systems.
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    The people with experience in my class had the toughest time finding jobs. But, if you can manage to pick up a job, do it. Once you have your RN license and are no longer considered just a student, you will find that you will not be considered for the "no experience necessary" type jobs. If you become, like the thousands of other new RNs who are taking 3+ years to find jobs now (doesn't mean you won't find a job much sooner), you will at least maybe be able to hold on to a hospital job a little while after you graduate. Some places will automatically fire you once you get your RN license tho, it varies by facility and state.

    If you were to get a job where you did registrar work, or work as a tech for an MD who has offices within the hospital, that might be better if you can, that way you probably could keep the job for as long as you would be needing it for income while you look for an RN job. Different scenario - different rules. It all has to do with you getting a license and being held to the highest extent of practice under that license. You would cause the hospital legal gray area problems should they keep you on as a tech if you are an RN (this is the reason for firing).
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    The people with experience in my class had the toughest time finding jobs. But, if you can manage to pick up a job, do it. Once you have your RN license and are no longer considered just a student, you will find that you will not be considered for the "no experience necessary" type jobs. If you become, like the thousands of other new RNs who are taking 3+ years to find jobs now (doesn't mean you won't find a job much sooner), you will at least maybe be able to hold on to a hospital job a little while after you graduate. Some places will automatically fire you once you get your RN license tho, it varies by facility and state.

    If you were to get a job where you did registrar work, or work as a tech for an MD who has offices within the hospital, that might be better if you can, that way you probably could keep the job for as long as you would be needing it for income while you look for an RN job. Different scenario - different rules. It all has to do with you getting a license and being held to the highest extent of practice under that license. You would cause the hospital legal gray area problems should they keep you on as a tech if you are an RN (this is the reason for firing).
    That wasn't my class's experience. Working as a tech was definitely a plus for many in the job search. A lot of facilities like to promote from within, and I've seen several new grad RN programs that explicitly state that they prioritize applicants who have tech or externships at the facility. Not everyone who worked as a tech got hired by their employer as an RN but the folks with some form if healthcare experience found jobs more quickly than those of us who only had clinicals as experience.

    If you can manage a few hours a week as a tech while in school, I would definitely make it a priority to do so.
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    So then, here is what you need to do. Find out from the techs you meet at clinical if the hospital highly considers techs for RN jobs. In the olden days this was automatic. But as you see, it really depends on the facility. Ask around. If you ask administration they will always say sure of course we will consider you...blah blah. Never ask an instructor or a hospital administrator. Ask the minions for the truth.
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    Even if you don't get hired where you work as a tech that experience will benefit your job hunt....plus it will give you additional experience in a patient care environment.
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    At the hospital I work at almost every new nurse I have worked with was a tech/aide/pct either at the facility or another one...experience is a plus no matter what. Very few got a job w/o experience unless they had a "connection."
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    The best way to get a job in these parts is by working at the facility as a tech or aide. Most of those folks had jobs lined up when we graduated in 2010.
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    The answer to that is...YES


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